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1999 Clos du Caillou - Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve

FRANCE / RHONE / CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE
  • 95 WA
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Red Rhône Blend
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SKU: 47346-1999-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($60) ($80; from a site not far from Chateau Rayas, with a blend of reddish sand, chalk and galets roules; aged in a single new foudre Full medium ruby. Strongly mineral aromas of cassis, black cherry, plum, tobacco and smoky oak. Sweet, rich and layered; more harmonious today than the Quartz bottling. Lovely minerality gives vibrancy to the flavors. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins that really spread out to coat the palate. Shows exotic wood notes, as well as a strong chocolatey character, on the finish.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2002
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    With a hard act to follow, the 1999 Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Le Clos du Caillou showed beautifully and gave up complex spice-box, peppery herbs, game and tobacco-leaf-like aromas and flavors. A full-bodied, rich and layered Chateauneuf, it's drinking at point, yet will continue to evolve gracefully for upward of another decade.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Ruby, bright, very clear. Mushroom, cherry, raspberry, and clove on this muted nose. These fruits turn darker and dry on the palate. Supple tannins on the front palate, well structured throughout, 45 second finish. Good wine!
    Drink Dates: 2007-2015
    Author: JMC22

The exceptional quality and stylistic excellence of this property's wines are due to the dedication, versatility, and forward thinking of both the late Jean-Denis Vacheron (who married the owner's daughter, Sylvie Pouzin) and the current winemaker, Bruno Gaspard. Jean-Denis and Sylvie had taken over from her father, Claude, in 1996. However, in 2002, Jean-Denis was killed in a traffic accident and Sylvie took the reins. Today, with the help of Gaspard as well as oenologist Philippe Cambie, she has catapulted the domaine into the elite echelon of the Southern Rhône. Despite holding only nine hectares of land, the domaine boasts venerable neighbors (Château Rayas and Château de Beaucastel), and its vineyards have elements of the best of both these estates. The rocky-sandy soils provide excellent drainage and impart minerality to these Châteauneuf-du-Papes.

See other similar producers:Domaine Brusset,Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils

While the Northern Rhône is known mostly for single-varietal wines from Syrah or Viognier, the Southern Rhône is known for complex blends. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, for example, allows up to 13 different varieties in a blend leaving winemakers ample room to experiment. This variation makes it almost impossible to describe a typical Rhône blend. Regardless of style, the common goal of these winemakers is to manage high tannin and alcohol levels in order to produce a balanced wine.

The most widely planted variety, Grenache, dominates most Rhône blends and adds concentrated spiced red fruit flavors with cinnamon, raspberry, and tobacco characteristics. Syrah and Mourvèdre add color and tannin, with Syrah contributing aromas of blueberry, pepper, and bacon while Mourvèdre adds dense black fruit flavors and gamey and meaty aromas. Cinsault provides red fruit flavor. For the best expression of this complex blend turn to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and classic producers like Château de Beaucastel, Clos des Papes, or Domaine du Pegau.

Many New-World wine regions, particularly in California and Australia, have adopted this winemaking method. The best examples come from San Luis Obispo producers Saxum, Sine Qua Non, and Alban.

The complexity and spice-forward flavor profile of Rhône blends pair best with herb-roasted turkey, pork chops, a range of cheeses, or spiced vegetables. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 111 bottles owned
  • 24 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 94
    (Out of 24 collectors)